Third leaders’ debate between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese confirmed for May 11

On Saturday, the arrangements for the second leaders’ debate were finalized for May 8 on the free channel Nine in prime time at 8:30 p.m., replacing 60 minutes.

Requests to host a leaders’ debate on the ABC and at the National Press Club have so far been rebuffed, with Mr Morrison indicating a preference for commercial TV channels.

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The first leaders’ debate held on pay-TV channel Sky News in Brisbane was watched by 400,000 viewers on April 20, day 10 of a six-week election campaign.

The cost of living continues to feature as a major election issue, with Scott Morrison distancing himself on Monday from a possible interest rate hike by the Reserve Bank scheduled for Tuesday.

Following strong inflation figures last week, the RBA is widely expected to raise the official interest rate for the first time since 2010. This comes after

However, the prime minister said such an increase would not be representative of the government’s economic management.

“So tomorrow it’s not about me. It’s not about Mr Albanese…it’s about the Australians themselves and the decisions they make,” he told reporters on Monday. journalists near Geelong.

“The pressures on interest rates, I think, highlight … why the economy is so important this election.”

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Regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, the Prime Minister insisted that a rate hike would have no bearing on the election.

“It’s not about politics. What happens tomorrow is about what people are paying on their mortgages,” he said.

Mr Morrison on Monday

if the Liberal-National coalition is re-elected by raising the income test threshold.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese immediately

in remarks made while attending the Labor Day march in Brisbane.

Mr Albanese said Labor would always support good policy ideas and ruled out pension tax increases or policy changes for self-funded pensioners.

“We have no intention of making any super changes…we’re making all our policies clear, we’re posting them for everyone to see,” he said.

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